How Experts Locate Hidden Damage After Roof Leaks

Of all the pesky structural problems that afflict houses, roof leaks are the ones that can drive homeowners certifiably batty. They come in so many moist and irritating varieties. Slow leaks over months that finally create tiny damp patches on the ceiling – aren’t you glad you happened to look up? Recurring wet spots on the floor that you blame on the innocent toilet. Crown molding that mysteriously drips when it isn’t raining.

Roof leaks are difficult issues because of the counterintuitive way water behaves. “Once water breaches a shingle, flashing or joint, it trickles along the path of least resistance and can travel over long distances thanks to surface tension,” says Matthew Wildt, Paul Davis Technical Trainer. “Water may flow many meters horizontally along beams or drywall seams before it puddles and soaks something you notice.” In sum, water usually enters in one location and exits far away, taking its sweet time along the way. Those characteristics make the leak’s source difficult to find.

Further, most homeowners don’t even know to look. Many, if not most, roof leaks exist for weeks to months before they are discovered. They can inflict significant damage while remaining hidden. Fortunately, experienced restoration professionals like Paul Davis technicians know all the roof leak tricks and how to reveal them. Trained technicians start by playing detective to track the watery invader, inspecting sheathing and insulation, tracking subtle staining and scanning interior wall spaces to locate the leak’s source. Once the source is tarped and the flow halted, Paul Davis applies proven technology to guide interior repair.

Wildt reports that “many leaks create extensive damage behind the scenes, destroying building materials and encouraging mold. Paul Davis personnel deploy tools like moisture meters, thermal cameras and supplemental lighting – which may also be used to help pinpoint the source – then reveal the extent of the moisture and humidity the leak has left behind.” Once the area of the repair and type of damage is defined, Paul Davis teams get to work restoring all affected areas: drying, patching, rebuilding, painting and more.

“We want homeowners to know: Paul Davis can take care of the inside and outside together, oftentimes for less than the deductible on an insurance claim,” Wildt emphasizes. “It’s not only economical but easier for the owner as well. One company does it all instead of working with drywall professionals, roofers, painters.”

And if the damage is so extensive that insurers must get involved? Paul Davis teams are skilled in helping homeowners file claims and maintain close ties with major carriers. Suspect a roof leak in your home? Count on Paul Davis to the rescue.